Apply for an Independent School Teaching Certificate - Subject Restricted Certificate (SR)

Teach a specific subject in B.C.'s independent school system


Before you apply for an Independent School Teaching Certificate in British Columbia:


This certificate restricts educators to teach subjects that are directly related to their post-secondary studies.

The certificate is initially valid for up to 60 months and can be upgraded to a non-expiring certificate if a teacher demonstrates successful teaching experience for at least 1.5 years full time (or equivalent part time). Teacher-on-call experience (substitute teaching) is not accepted.

These certificates are not issued to elementary generalists.


Register for a BCeID to create your teacher certification account

If you do not have a BCeID you will need to create one for secure access to Your Account.
Inside your Your Account you can 

  • Submit an application
  • Check on the status of your application
  • Pay your annual fee and more...

Log in to your teacher certification account

If you have a BCeID or you have started an application you can log in to check on the progress of your application.

Application Fee

The application fee for an Independent School Teaching Certificate is $245.

Please Note:

  • Applications cannot be processed until the fee is paid
  • Application fees are non-refundable
  • Pay when you submit your application in your account by using Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Visa Debit or Debit Mastercard. You can also use pre-paid Visa or Mastercard

Contact information

Contact us Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Victoria Phone
Vancouver Phone
Elsewhere in B.C. Toll Free
Outside B.C. Office